Monday, November 23, 2009

gratitude day 4

Today I have a little gratitude humor video for you...its hilarious and worth it to watch to the end (4 minutes).



Today I am grateful for computers and technology. I'm grateful that my dad always made sure that we had a computer in our home (even in the early 80's when everything was run through DOS and I played Donkey Cong with joysticks). I grateful for the blogs that changed my life. I am grateful that I have been able to reconnect with friends I never thought I would see again on Facebook. I am also grateful that I can create and sell beautiful artwork through this box of wires and switches....it all seems so insane when i really think about it.

Friday, November 20, 2009

gratitude day 3

Oops, I missed a day of blogging gratitude. I spent the entire day yesterday in Tampa at a Hay House conference. It was so exciting to be in the presence of some of my favorite authors...Louise Hay, Wayne Dyer, Marianne Williamson....and so many more. I loved every second of it.

Before I move onto the part about gratitude I wanted to share a little project I finished up today that incorporates some of my most favorite things....felt, flowers, linen and beads.

I can think of about a bagillion things I could do with these little felt flowers....stockings, wreaths, gift bags....

OK, on to my quote about gratitude.

"Each night before I go to bed, I write down five things that I can be grateful about that day. Real life isn’t always going to be perfect or go our way, but the recurring acknowledgment of what is working in our lives can help us not only to survive but surmount our difficulties.
Simplicity, order, harmony, beauty and joy – all other principles that can transform your life will not blossom and flourish without gratitude…You simply will not be the same person two months from now after consciously giving thanks each day for the abundance that exists in your life. And you will have set in motion an ancient spiritual law: the more you have and are grateful for, the more will be given you.

As you focus on the abundance rather than on the lack in your life, you will be designing a wonderful new blueprint for the future. This sense of fulfillment is gratitude at work, transforming your dreams into reality. Begin this day to explore and integrate this beautiful, life-affirming principle into your life, and the miracle you have been seeking will unfold to your wonder and amazement’.

Quote from The Science of Getting Rich. Read it for free here.

Today I am grateful for the abundance of craft and art supplies that sit, waiting to be used in a beautiful creation, in clear containers in my studio. What are you grateful for? Can you feel it in your gut?

Thursday, November 19, 2009

graditude 2

"Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos into order, confusion into clarity .... It turns problems into gifts, failures into success, the unexpected into perfect timing, and mistakes into important events. gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow."

-- Melodie Beattie, author

Today I am grateful for these guys. For all of the lessons they teach me, for all of the kisses they give me, for all of the poop i have to scoop, for all of the times that they walk on my chest and it hurts so freakin bad, and for all the times that they know when I am crying and come to my side to let me know they love me. They are the most wonderful creatures and they are mine.


What are you grateful for today?

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

gratitude

I believe that at any given moment there are only two ways a person can be thinking...either negatively or positively. There doesn't appear to be really any in-between. One of the greatest thing I have ever learned is...how I choose to think has a direct correlation to very specific outcomes in my life. Instead of waiting to feel inspired to paint or run or work or whatever, I show up and choose to be inspired. This way I can never, ever claim to be a victim. It seems simple, but it took me a very long time to realize that I actually hold that power myself. I can literally and very specifically create the kind of day I want to have, I don't have to let the day just happen to me.

I have been working really hard lately to develop new habits in my life that help me practice the act of creating positive thoughts and feelings. I believe that the more i create positive feelings and thoughts in my life, the more I will have positive experiences. So a few weeks ago i started a nightly ritual centered on gratitude. I have a little notebook and pen on my nightstand - its right there, every night, no looking for it - and every night when I go to bed I write 5 things that i am grateful for as well 5 gifts and 5 gains that happened throughout that day. I go to bed each night with a feeling of gratitude. It seems to me that gratitude is about as close as you can get to peace and joy.

Today I am thankful for this guy......

What are you grateful for today? Try to really feel it.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Stuff from the week

I apologize for being so quiet lately. I've been extending so much energy in other places and I don't like to do "filler" posts. I am still so grateful for my faithful readers who have sent me sweet messages wondering where i have been. Tomorrow I will start posting daily till Thanksgiving with a series on gratitude. Even though it seems like such a simple and possibly over-done topic, I have realized that focusing on it can bring about some powerful affects.

So for now, here are a few photos from the week.

One of my biggest items on my gratitude list of the moment is...the library! You can check out up to 99 items at a time...for free!

These have to be the coolest books I have ever seen in my life. The Woodstock one was published in 1972. I want to "loose" them so I never have to return them. (No mom, I won't really do that)

Sometimes I just need to draw. There is something about pen on paper that is so meditative for me.

I made these curtains for our kitchen from some vintage sheets that I found at a flea market for $1. Sorry about the yucky photos in this post - the light was impossible to work with.

And this is a really big wood panel that I painted for our living room. It still needs work but I wanted to go ahead and get it up on the wall to see if I liked it. I don't. But it's not a problem, now I get to make something else to go there!

Happy Monday to you all.
xoxo

Thursday, November 5, 2009

envy vs. enough

(tiny paintings to be used in a LARGE project, can't wait till it's finished!)

Creativity is life giving. It is generous. It is healing. It is beautiful, lovely, encouraging, patient, kind, hopeful and all of the best things you can imagine in your head and heart right now. There are very few things I claim to know...but I do know these things to be true.

I also know that envy and jealousy are a very real part of my personality. I have felt it for as long as I can remember and now, as a blog reader and creative person, there are times when I feel it everyday. However, while I can feel envy and jealousy with such intensity as I go through my daily RSS feeds, I can also feel kindness and gentleness and abundance with just as much intensity. And my choice, when those scarcity feelings start to creep in, is to direct my thoughts in a different direction. What if instead of focusing on lack we all started focusing on abundance? What if there is enough for everyone? What if there was no such things as artistic competition? What if ideas were "gifted" and couldn't be "stolen"? What if all creativity was available to anyone who asked for it? What if we shared and grew TOGETHER? Wouldn't our creative journeys be that much sweeter?

To all of my fellow artists and bloggers and creative folks....I am filled with such joy to be in this adventure WITH you. I learn about life and art and Essence and even myself from you everyday. I am proud of you and I want you to succeed - even if you do bring the ideas I have had swimming around in my head to the market before me. The gifts I receive from fellow creative bloggers far outweigh any gifts I could ever provide to the readers of my own blog. I feel honored to be a part of something so huge and beautiful and brilliant.

Monday, November 2, 2009

big dreams


Tell me I'm not the only one. Please.